Elma E. Roskamp, 98, of Sutter, passed away Friday morning, July 31, 2020 at 7:04 A.M. at home.
Elma was born September 20, 1921, the daughter of Louis and Wilhemina (Seeger) Brackensick
in their home near Sutter. She attended Star School near Tioga and graduated from Warsaw
High School, Class of 1939. She worked at Hill-Dodge Bank in Warsaw until her marriage. On
November 9, 1947 she was united in marriage to John Carl Roskamp. He preceded her in death
on July 3, 1990. Elma was an active member of the Bethany United Church of Christ. She taught
Sunday School, was a choir member, participated in their Women’s Fellowship meetings and
enjoyed helping at VBS. Elma also chaired the bloodmobile at the Bethany Fellowship Hall for
many years. She regularly attended Western Illinois United Church of Christ Conference and
Association meetings and held various leadership roles. She was a member of the Get Together
Club for 50+ years and the Bear Creek American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards
with friends in a bi-weekly card club for more than 30 years. In the 98 years of Elma’s life, she
never missed a Bethany Sunday School Christmas Eve program. Her freezer corn and
strawberry-pretzel salad were thoroughly enjoyed at many family and community dinners.
Elma is survived by four sons, Bruce (Jane) Roskamp of Sutter, Gordon (Andrea) Roskamp of
Peoria, Donald (Shirley) Roskamp of Sutter and Max (Debra) Roskamp of Sutter; ten
grandchildren, Lisa Roskamp, Amy (Nadeem) Parker, Tricia (Steve) Schneider, Andrew (Lori)
Roskamp, Jessica (Steve) Woods, Janelle (Eli) Orozco, Joci (Kendall) Shumann, Katie Roskamp,
John (Christy) Roskamp, and Justin Roskamp; four step-grandchildren: Ian, Eva, and Isa Molina
and Jason (Melissa) Shimp; thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; one
sister-in-law, Velma Brackensick of Warsaw and numerous nieces and nephews. The family
would also like to thank Jean Roberts, who took such wonderful care of their mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Carl; three sisters, Lora Brackensick,
Stella (Wilbur) Kunz, Dorothea (Carson) Bruder; three brothers, William (who died in
childhood), Lester (who died as an infant), and Louis Elvin Brackensick; and grandson, Gavin Carl Roskamp.
A visitation will be held Sunday, August 9th from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Printy Funeral Home in
Warsaw. The family will be present from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Private family services will be held at
Bethany United Church of Christ in Tioga with burial in the church cemetery. Memorials may be
directed to the Bethany United Church of Christ. Printy Funeral Home of Warsaw is handling the arrangements.
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